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Report: Athletics considered ousting Jason Hammel from rotation
by Marty Gitlin |

The Athletics considered permanently removing Jason Hammel from the rotation before deciding to just skip his next turn, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Hammel who will pitch against Houston next week, has been a mess since arriving in Oakland via a trade from the Cubs. His ERA has leaped from 2.98 to 3.84, courtesy of 24 earned runs allowed in 32 innings pitched covering seven outings. He has just one quality start during that stretch.

The right-hander has blamed mechanical issues that are leaving his pitches up for his struggles, but adds that it should be an easy fix. He is also claiming no problem with the temporary move to the bullpen.

"I'm not bothered by it," he said. "You've got to check your ego at the door when you're not getting it done."

The Athletics could place Jesse Chavez or Drew Pomeranz in their rotation if Hammel continues to get battered.

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It's 'thumbs-up' for Alex Rios against Marlins
by Marty Gitlin |

Rangers left fielder Alex Rios is back in the lineup for the Wednesday game in Miami. Thumb ailments have limited him to just one at-bat since Sunday.

Rios hopes he can pick it up upon his return. He has not enjoyed a multi-hit game since July 29 and is 6 for 50 since.

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia absent from Wednesday lineup
by Marty Gitlin |

A day game following a night game has Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia sidelined Wednesday against Texas. Jeff Mathis is set to crouch behind the plate instead.

Saltlamacchia has emerged from a slump with nine hits in his last seven games and five in the last three. He has not homered, however, since July 21.

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Anthony Rizzo provides only scoring in Tuesday victory
by Marty Gitlin |

The power surge of Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo continued Tuesday night - and it resulted in a rain-shortened win.

Rizzo blasted his fourth homer in eight games. His two-run shot in the first inning proved to be the only scoring. He is 4 for 6 with three runs and three RBI in the last two games to improve his stat line to .279/.378/.517.

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Brian McCann goes deep again
by Chris Towers |

Yankees catcher Brian McCann has found his power stroke over the last week, and he homered again in a 7-4 loss to the Astros Tuesday.

McCann got the Yankees on the board first with his fourth-inning home run, his third in five games. He finished the game 1 for 4 overall with two RBI in the loss.

McCann is still hitting just .235 for the season, but he has 14 home runs and 51 RBI in 105 games for the Yankees. 

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Chris Carter's 30th homer a big one
by Chris Towers |

Astros designated hitter Chris Carter continued his hot-hitting ways Tuesday, as he slugged the team to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees.

Carter was hitless with four strikeouts heading into the ninth inning, but made up for that with one swing. With the score tied at 4-4, Carter unleashed a three-run blast to put the Astros up for good.

Carter has established a new career-high with his 30th home run of the season, and he has 72 RBI to go with that, just 10 off his best total. He is hitting .233/.301/.519 in 110 games overall. 

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Tsuyoshi Wada wins, Ryan Vogelsong loses in rain-shortened affair
by Chris Towers |

Tuesday's game between the Cubs and Giants was called as final after five innings, with the Cubs coming out on top, 2-0.

Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada got the win after throwing five shutout innings, scattering six pitches and striking out three batters. Ryan Vogelsong took the loss for the Giants, allowing two runs on three hits and a pair of walks over four innings, while striking out four before the rain came.  

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Will Middlebrooks day to day with hamstring tightness
by R.J. White |

Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is day to day with a tight hamstring after being removed from Tuesday's game as a precaution, reports.

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Alex Rios strikes out in only at-bat Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Rangers outfielder Alex Rios struck out in his only at-bat Tuesday after being scratched from the lineup with a thumb injury before the game.

Rios took the field as part of a double-switch in the bottom of the ninth and struck out in the top of the 10th. The Marlins broke through for a win in the next half-inning. Rios has hit .284/.313/.399 with four home runs, 49 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 444 at-bats.

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Ryan Vogelsong allows two runs before long delay Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong surrendered two earned runs on three hits and two walks in four innings while striking out four Tuesday before his team's game against the Cubs was halted by a long delay.

The grounds crew had trouble getting the tarp in place once the game was stopped due to rain, leading to an extremely long delay as they tried to make the field playable after the rain stopped. Vogelsong is scheduled to face the Nationals Sunday.

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